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McHenry Chiropractic Newsletter from Spengel Chiropractic for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Doctors working together benefits patients. Working with a McHenry healthcare colleague to help one of our McHenry chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study shows that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone benefits. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of providers reduce the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It is all good! Spengel Chiropractic is ready to help!

Appropriate Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

Research reports that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients show improvement within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, prime timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptoms though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Spengel Chiropractic works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Spengel Chiropractic for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Healthy Eating!

It’s not just a motto! Eating healthily reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Consuming more fruits and vegetables resulted in higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis occurrence in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. If you are one of those McHenry chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Less osteoporosis can potentially mean less back pain later in life, so enjoy some veggies and fruit today!

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

McHenry chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. An better vitamin D level aids to reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Spengel Chiropractic loves that such an easy thing as a nutritional supplement may help our McHenry chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Spengel Chiropractic knows this to be true! Researchers suggest that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are alleviated. There’s a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition disturb you? A McHenry friend? Spengel Chiropractic offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! McHenry chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Osteoporosis Risk

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis occurs in thin people. Spengel Chiropractic often thought that. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a big risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively control bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us McHenry folks – thin and overweight – need to be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

If any of these topics affect you or a McHenry loved one, schedule a McHenry chiropractic appointment today with Spengel Chiropractic. What a great first step toward relief!

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